Some really helpful tips for saving water from SF Gate.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Water your garden early in the morning or in the evening when the weather is cooler. This saves 25 gallons each time.
- Opt for a garden of drought-tolerant plants, like these colorful potted cacti.
- Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios. Doing so saves 8-18 gallons per minute.
- Full loads of laundry only, folks. Your pants can wait until they’ve got a full company of dirty laundry buddies.
- Soak dirty pots and pans instead of running the water while you scrape them clean.
- Wash your car with a bucket, sponge, and hose with self-closing nozzle. It saves 8-18 gallons per minute.
- Mulch your trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. This step saves 20-30 gallons each time you water (per 1,000 sq. ft.).
- Taking a five-minute shower instead of a 10-minute shower saves 25 gallons. So cut back on the singing, Mohawk Guy.
- Cook food in as little water as possible.
- Don’t let the water drain away when you’re rinsing fruits and veggies. Collect it in a bowl and use to water your houseplants.
- Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand.
- Don’t run the water while brushing your teeth or shaving. You’ll save 10 gallons a day.
- Turn off the faucet while you’re sudsing your hands.
- Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, you’ve got a leak. A quick fix will save water.